My first record was a combination of kids records including “Peter Paul and Mommy” and Disney’s soundtrack to “Robin Hood” by folk artist Roger Miller, which frankly, was hell of a lot better than what kids have to listen to these days. I remember not long ago seeing this poor girl walking home from school and trying to sing some triple-octave-range Celine Dion Disney theme and thinking “Man, she’s got it rough.”
My first record that I considered my own, though, was the VJ Records edition of “Introducing The Beatles” which my parents gave me. How they managed to pick up a collectible is beyond me. Don’t suppose it’s worth anything now though because I wore the grooves off of it.
My second record had more of a lasting influence… I saved my money and bought The Beatles “Revolver” and unlike the previous record this one etched itself into my soul. I think my writing and ear for production still is indebted to that record. I can remember being captivated by amp sounds on that record with songs like “I’m only Sleeping” and Harrison’s “I Want To Tell You.” It still thrills me.
As the years progressed, I moved into a mix match of Lou Reed, “The Concert for Bangladesh” and anything else I could find at the public library. Now-a-days nothing makes me happier than hearing Nick Drake‘s first record on vinyl. I think we forget how compressed recorded music has become (hell, or our lives for that matter) and good vinyl like that just reminds me to slow down and listen which is always a good thing.
Seattle’s Robert Deeble has been making sprit-infused music informed by the minimalist style of old folk heroes since the release of his debut album in 1994. With a notable list of respected musical affiliations that is as long as his discography, Deeble is returning from a self-imposed hiatus with a new album Heart Like Feathers set for release on the artist’s own Mind Bomb Publishing label in conjunction with Dead Letter Records. The album is Deeble’s first full-length release in over six years. Heart Like Feathers will be released on February 7th, 2012